Do You Love Old Fashioned Christmas Charm? Head to Greer, SC

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Looking for a small-town Christmas feel this year? Downtown Greer, SC offers up several events packed with old-fashioned Christmas Charm along its historic Trade Street. Read on for a list of Greer’s Christmas events with all the details and suggestions so you can make the most of your holiday time in Greer. 

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I love downtown Greer, really any time of the year. Trade Street has that lovely historic feel only enhanced by its charming recent renovation. Standing there, surrounded by old buildings and preserved historic signage, you can almost feel the slowness of days gone by.

But Christmas makes it all the more special. The lights are lit, the shops have all decked out for Christmas, and the sidewalks seem more alive as people explore the local shops and eateries. The City Park is full and bursting with Christmas cheer. My family is super excited to experience Christmas in downtown Greer again this year.

Watch Santa Light the Tree in Greer

What to expect at the Greer Christmas tree lighting event

Top of the list for Christmas in Greer is the Greer Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 1st 2023 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. This is a favorite for my family. If you’ve not been to Greer City Park during the Christmas season, you are missing out. They decorate the area with lots of white lights, and some colored light characters. The fountain is lit up and it’s just very pretty.

The tree lighting event includes holiday craft stations, Smores benefiting Greer Relief, inflatables, and holiday performances at the amphitheater. The fun starts at 5 pm and lasts until Santa arrives at 7:15 to light the tree.

Trade Street Christmas

While you wait for the tree lighting, head over to Trade Street for a meal, a treat, or a cup of coffee. The lights stretched along the old buildings and spiraled up each street lamp are classic, simple, and beautiful. We just need a little snow to make it perfect….don’t worry that just might be in your not-too-distant future.

Parades in Greenville, SC and Upstate

Check out our Guide to Greer, SC, and the Trade Street section of our Restaurants in Greer, SC Guide to find the perfect local restaurant or coffee shop to visit.

Make sure to head back towards the Christmas Tree at the entrance to Greer City Park shortly after 7 pm. Santa usually arrives by sleigh around 7:15 pm to light up the tree.

If you were thinking all that old-fashioned, quaint Christmas talk sounded great, but would have really been over the top with a little sprinkle of snow. You might be in luck.

A little snow

In years past, the tree lighting included a little artificial snow falling off the sign that stretches across the park entrance behind the tree. Never have I seen so many people pressed underneath that sign, but it sure was fun. And of all the things my kids talk about, it’s not the music, or the tree, or Santa, or even cocoa, it’s that snow. Seriously, mid-July in shorts and tank tops, “Remember that’s where the snow came from, Mom!” Yep.

Greer Christmas Tree Lighting

Greer Famers Market Christmas Festival

The Greer Farmers Market Christmas Festival is Saturday, December 2nd from 10 am – 2 pm and Sunday, December 3rd from 10 am to 2 pm in Greer City Park. The Greer Christmas Festival will include, of course, shopping or unique gifts from local makers and small businesses. There will also be food trucks on site and live entertainment.

Of course, Trade Street isn’t going anywhere so you’ve got several weeks to enjoy it all dressed up for Christmas.

Greer Christmas Parade

Last but certainly not least, Greer’s Christmas Parade is Sunday, December 3rd at 1:00 pm. The North Pole reports that Santa will be back in Greer in time for the parade.

Christmas in Greer, SC: Schedule of Event

Friday, December 1, 2023
Greer Christmas Tree Lighting, 5 pm, City Park (Tree is lit up after Santa arrives at 7:15 pm, arrive earlier to enjoy Downtown Greer, holiday craft stations, vendors and more.)

Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3, 2023
Greer Christmas Festival, 10 am to 2 pm, Greer City Park, farmers market, food trucks, live entertainment, vendor and local gifts, and more!

Saturday, December 3, 2023
Christmas Parade, 1:00 pm

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About the Author
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

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2 years ago

Thank you for sharing what is going on in Greer. You are so wonderful. Thank you for all your hard work!